Since first hearing about Bryson DeChambeau and his unique clubs, surely you’ve considered — even just a little — trying single-length irons for yourself. Now, here’s your chance. For the first time ever, a mainstream equipment manufacturer will offer single-length irons. In fact, Cobra is releasing two different sets of single-length irons: the King Forged Tour One and the King F7 One Length.
DeChambeau’s technique, which combines a one-plane swing with irons and wedges that all measure the same length, has produced wins at the 2015 U.S. Amateur and NCAA Men’s Individual Championship, and was originally met with both skepticism and intrigue. But eventually — maybe since DeChambeau earned his PGA Tour card last month — even skeptics have become intrigued.
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And just because you don’t have DeChambeau’s single-plane swing type doesn’t mean you can’t derive a benefit from the single-length system.
“I am proud to be at the forefront of this with Cobra, as preliminary research has shown that single-length sets can make the game easier and more enjoyable for players of all swing types,” DeChambeau said.
If the single-length concept isn’t your thing, however, both the King Forged Tour and King F7 irons will also be available in standard, progressive-length sets. All irons will be available for purchase on January 13.
DeChambeau currently has the one-length version of the King Forged Tour irons in his bag, which are designed for greater feel and precision, while the King F7 irons are made for more distance and forgiveness.
Learn more about the four sets of irons and specialty wedge options below.
King Forged Tour and King Forged One-Length
Both of the King Forged Tour heads are made using the same process and technologies, although the standard set uses length and head weight progression, while the one-length versions will have identical lengths, head weights, swing weights and lie angles.
Made from 1025 carbon steel, King Forged Tour irons are created using a five-step forging process to produce a soft feel that better players tend to enjoy.
“The King Forged One-Length irons are perfect for my game, allowing me to perform at the highest level,” DeChambeau said. “My preferred feel is a forging, which these irons deliver along with a more compact head and reduced offset design for trajectory and shot-shaping control.”
The irons have tungsten weighting in the soles of the lower lofted irons (4-7) for a lower center of gravity (CG) that helps to produce a higher launch angle and more distance. The 4-8 irons also have thermoplastic urethane (TPU) inserts behind their faces to dampen vibrations and therefore produce a better feel. The faces and grooves of the irons are 100 percent CNC-milled for more spin and trajectory control, according to Cobra, and the heads are nickel-chrome plated for durability.
King Forged Tour iron sets (4-PW, 3 iron and GW available through custom) are available in right-hand only. They come stock with KBS Tour FLT steel shafts (stiff or regular), Lamkin Crossline Black grips, and carry an MAP of $999.
King Forged One-Length irons sets (4-PW), which are made with 7-iron weighting and length throughout, and come stock with Lamkin Crossline ACE blue grips and KBS Tour FLT steel shafts (120 S-Flex and 110 R-Flex).
Cobra will also offer specialty 56-V and 60-V degree wedges, cast from 8620 carbon steel, in single-length. The wedges will come stock with KBS Tour FLT steel shafts and Lamkin Crossline ACE grips.
King F7 and King F7 One length
With the King F7 One Length irons, Cobra ensures that the single-length concept isn’t just for better players. They’re are made for higher-handicap golfers in need of more forgiveness and distance.
“The 2017 iron offering is COBRA’s most innovative and exciting yet,” said Tom Olsavsky, Head of R&D for COBRA Golf. “Not only have we improved our progressive sets this year, but we are introducing our first-ever One Length option that will help to bring more consistency and simplicity to the game of golf for all players. In 2017, we will truly have an innovative, high-quality iron solution for every type of player.”
Cobra’s line of King F7 irons use a progressive clubhead design, which the company calls “TECFLO,” to meet the specific performance needs of each irons. That means the long irons (3, 4, 5) have a full-hollow design, the mid irons (6 and 7) have a half-hollow construction and the short irons (8-PW) have a cavity-back design. The 3-7 irons are cast from 17-4 stainless steel and use a milled 17-4 stainless steel face insert, while the short irons are cast from 431 stainless steel.
Each of the irons also uses what Cobra calls “PWRSHELL” technology, which means that the faces are made thinner and sole structures are designed to increase the size of the sweet spot, thus producing higher ball speeds more often.
Also available in the stock sets are King F7 hybrids (4-5h) — available in lofts between 22 and 25 degrees — and a specialty gap wedge for extra greenside control and versatility in the set.
The standard (progressive-length) King F7 irons will be available in right and left-handed and come stock with Lamkin REL-Black grips, Fujikura Pro 63i (graphite: stiff, regular or lite) or True Temper King F7 (steel: stiff or regular) shafts for the following prices:
- $699 (5-PW, GW): Graphite available for $799 through custom only
- $799 (4-5h and 6-PW, GW): Combo Set, Steel shaft
- $899 (4-5h and 6-PW, GW): Combo Set, Graphite
The King F7 One-Length irons (5-PW, GW) have the same head technologies as the King F7 irons, but are re-engineered so each iron has a 7-iron length. They will come stock with Lamkin REL-Blue grips and True Temper King F7 ($699 steel: stiff or regular) or Fujikura Pro 63i ($799 graphite: stiff, regular, lite) shafts in both right and left-handed options, available in custom only.
WRX Spotlight: Swag Golf proto putter
Product: Swag Golf proto putter
Pitch: From Swag “Swag is the brand that isn’t scared to push the limits in a conservative sport that isn’t evolving to meet changing styles. We like to listen to music on the course, we want to be bold, we love having fun, we love golf, and we’re going to express that both on and off the course. We aren’t going to try to sell you on how great our proprietary materials are and we don’t need to rely on clever marketing to sell more. We’re a no BS company. What matters is that our putters feel good and in turn make you feel good when putting. We have some crazy ideas, we love to tinker, and we experiment on how to perfect everything we do. ”
Our Take on the Swag Golf Proto putter
Though relatively new, Swag Golf has been making a big splash in the industry for their high-end and striking headcovers and accessories. Perhaps less talked about when it comes to the company is their putters – something which I feel is likely to change after testing out their prototype rainbow finish flat-stick.
The putter is beautiful from whatever angle you look at – but especially at address. Extremely smooth lines, and with full-shaft offset, the blade’s shoulders and bumpers are flawlessly balanced to frame the ball and let the putter sit perfectly square. The single line alignment aid enhances the look and is positioned right in the center of the blade’s sweet spot, while the CNC milled flat-stick delivers perfectly smooth edges – noticeably on the neck for a sublime and soft profile.
With a head weight of 354g, the putter from Swag feels exceptional in your hands over the ball. Every detail matters when investing in a premium putter, and the sensation of the stable and firm feel of the flat-stick as well as there being no wavering of the head, makes the putter feel like an extension of your body when standing over a putt.
The sound and feel of the putter is an area where Swag has knocked it out of the park. With a fly milled face from 303 Stainless Steel, the flat-stick delivers an incredibly soft feel at impact.
No vibration is felt on impact, even on long-distance putts. It never feels like your hitting the ball but more caressing it, which is a pleasant sensation when putting from downtown. What you get in terms of sound at impact is a low, deep pitched note from a putter which rolls beautifully on its axis and produces no vibration on slight mis-hits.
To nitpick, the company’s “black mid pistol tackified kangaroo leather grip” took some getting used to. Initially, it took a little away from how impressive the flat-stick feels in your hands, but it gradually becomes more comfortable.
Overall performance-wise though, the putter from Swag provides everything you could hope for from a high-end putter. Exceptional feel at address, painfully attractive profile and precision at impact.
As of now, the company boasts self-confessed “putting nerd” Kevin Streelman as their PGA Tour ambassador. Streelman is currently gaming the brand’s Handsome Too proto, and after experiencing the Swag rainbow proto for myself, the highest compliment I can give is that I would be surprised if he (and PGA Tour newcomer Rhein Gibson) are still the only Tour pros to game one of the brand’s flat-sticks in 12 to 24 months time.
In terms of an Anser-style putter, Swag packs a hefty punch with their numerous offerings. While I personally love the eye-catching rainbow finish (which has been blasted to remove some of the boldness), I realize it’s not for everyone. However, the company has plenty more traditional finishes on their array of flat-sticks, which you can find on their website here.
Whatever finish you prefer your putters to come in though, it’s unlikely that any department of Swag’s flat-sticks will leave you disappointed.
New Mitsubishi Chemical ZF shaft in play at the Tour Championship
Even after winning just a week ago, Justin Thomas has put a new MCA Diamana ZF-Series shaft into play for the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup Final this week at East Lake Golf Club. JT is using the 60g TX version in his 9.5-degree Titleist TS2 driver (see Thomas’ BMW Championship-winning WITB here).
MCA has confirmed the new shaft and given us some great information on why it is are adding this fourth profile to the Diamana line—something the company has never done before.
The new Diamana ZF has taken the easy loading bend profile from the BF-Series and tweaked it in certain spots along the length to further maximize the design and find greater performance for players across swing speed ranges.
“The result is a profile that makes ZF a little more explosive and easier to accelerate.” -Mark Gunther, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for MCA GOLF.
Like the other shafts in the Diamana Fourth Gen. Series, the Diamana ZF shafts owe their stiffness and stability to two unique technologies. First: the MCA-developed MR70 carbon fiber material, and the second: Boron fiber. MR70 is found in both the butt and tip sections of the shaft and is 20 percent stronger than conventional materials, with a 10 percent greater modulus (a measure of stiffness). These designs have additional strength thanks to Boron fiber in the tip section to create the exact EI curve desired.
When you compare the new ZF to Diamana BF-Series, the ZF-Series shafts are a slightly stronger profile and built to have increased stability in both the butt and tip sections. They feature a softer, more active middle for better energy transfer and clubhead acceleration.
A cool feature for those looking to get a bit more distance but are on the lower end of the swing speed spectrum: There will also be a 40-gram version of the ZF, which is the lightest shaft of the fourth generation Diamana family.
“We’re extremely happy to have a 40g option within Diamana™ ZF,” says Gunther. “This opens the performance benefits of these unique Mitsubishi Chemical materials to a whole new range of players who prefer to play an ultra-lightweight shaft.”
Mitsubishi Diamana ZF-Series Availability and Specs
Diamana ZF-Series will be available September, 13 2019 at MCA GOLF authorized retailers and dealers nationwide, with a suggested retail price of $400.
Weights and flexes
- DIAMANA ZF-Series 40 (R2, R, S Flex)
- DIAMANA ZF-Series 50 (R, S, TX Flex)
- DIAMANA ZF-Series 60 (S, TX Flex)
- DIAMANA ZF-Series 70 (S, TX Flex)
- DIAMANA ZF-Series 80 (S, TX Flex)
Forum Thread of the Day: “Are 919 forged irons really that good?”
Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from 9ironiscash who asked fellow members what they thought about Mizuno’s 919 forged irons. Our members dish out their experiences gaming the irons, with the majority of WRXers answering with a resounding yes to 9ironiscash’s original question.
Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire thread and have your say at the link below.
- Gmack1973: “I think the 919 forged are great irons. I play to a handicap of 4 and think I’m not a bad ball striker. I had the tours 6-pw, and they were great but a bit unforgiving if you don’t get them out the middle. I now have 919 forged 4 – PW and couldnt be happier. They have the Nippon Modus 120 stiff shafts.”
- Gofguy224: “They are great irons! Had them for about a month and I’ve already shot 3 of my lowest scores ever! Very forgiving and they feel buttery soft
- chjyner: “The whole 919 range is probably the best on the market “
- PowerCobra98: “I like them. Moved from Apex 19’s into 919 Forged. I’ll likely be looking at a set of MP20 HMB’s though.”
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